Project – Flames in the Furrow

Pattern: Furrow to the Plough
Designer: Rebecca Marsh

Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Fino
Shade: 6362

Ravelry: Flames in the Furrow

I found this yarn when on a day trip to Ely with some of my lovely knitting friends. We had planned into the day a visit to Yarn on the Square which was a very cosy and welcoming place. I wasn’t in need of anything in particular so I browsed vaguely. As soon as I reached the Manos del Uruguay stand I was immediately taken by this skein of yarn, the colour was so amazing! I must have picked it up and put it down again about half a dozen times before I decided that clearly I needed it!

Yarn selfie!

Straight away I knew it needed to be a scarf so I scoured the Ravelry pattern search for something suitable. Very quickly I found the pattern for Furrow to the Plough and really liked it. When I read that the inspiration for the pattern and its name came from Firefly, I knew it was the one! The colour of the yarn makes me think of a big cosy fire which is why my version is named Flames in the Furrow.

Flames in the Furrow - double wrap

The yarn was a delight to knit with, really easy to work. The only downside was that the dye wasn’t well fixed and I did come away with orange hands when I knitted, but it washed right off so wasn’t a problem. Even better was that after one gentle wash prior to blocking, all the loose dye came out and I’ve had no dye transfer at all when wearing it. Good thing too, as I wear it all the time!

Flames in the Furrow - detail

I really can’t recommend this yarn enough, nor the pattern. It’s a very simple pattern repeat, just knit as if to do P3 K5 rib but because you cast on one less stitch than would be required for a rib repeat, you end up instead with a diagonal shift that creates the wonderful furrow effect. It’s also the perfect length for me – it can either be worn singly to give a big colour effect or wrapped double for a snuggly neck.

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Project – Marian Cowls

Pattern: Marian
Designer: Jane Richmond

Yarn:
Rowan Big Wool
Rowan Big Wool Colour

Shades:
Black 008Zing 037Jamboree 104
Ravelry:
Marian Cowl – Black
Marian Cowl – Green
Marian Cowl – Colour

A few years ago I was in a yarn clearance sale (I know, as if that ever happens!) and there was a single ball of Big Wool in black that I was sure I would be able to find a use for, so I grabbed it along with my other purchases. It then sat in my stash for ages as I had big plans for garments and other things, but no inspiration for this one cuddly ball of yarn. Eventually I decided it needed a fate, so I turned to the trusty Ravelry pattern search, and found Marian. The yarn it was intended for is even chunkier than Big Wool but I figured it would still work, and I was right.

The pattern is just very simple moss stitch in the round, but with a twist – literally! Before you join your cast on stitches to begin knitting, you do what you are always told not to do when knitting in the round – you take the first stitch on your left needled and twist it 360 around the needle. This creates a Möbius strip effect which gives the cowl its distinctive shape.

Having knitted the cowl, I had no real idea what to do with it. I hadn’t made it for me specifically and I thought maybe it could be a good gift, but I didn’t really decide and it sat around unused for a while. One day I think I was a bit chilly at home so I tried it on and realised that I absolutely loved it! In fact, between the Check That Cowl that I designed for Rowan’s launch of Kidsilk Amore around the same time, cowls became my new favourite thing in the whole world.

Marian Cowl - Black

Later that year I found another lone ball of Big Wool in green which I knew my brother’s fiancée would love, so I made her one in the same pattern as a birthday present. Unfortunately I never got a photo of it, but it looked brilliant in that bright shade of green.

Finally, when Rowan launched Big Wool Colour they sent me a ball for review. I knew just the thing for it by then, so that is now my second Marian cowl! I think it looks even better in Colour, the stitch and the curve really show off all the gorgeous flecks of colour in the yarn. Plus I can wear it with all sorts of outfits, because there’s a bit of almost every colour in there.

I really can’t recommend this pattern enough, just one ball of Big Wool or Big Wool Colour and an evening or two can make you a really versatile accessory. It’s brilliant for a gift in rush, too! You will need big needles though (I used 15mm) but I think they were worth the investment.

Marian Cowl - Jamboree

Marian Cowl - Jamboree close-up

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